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Friday, 5 February 2016

Digital Past 2016: Cynefin Is An Innovative Project To Digitise All The Tithe Maps Of Wales






Cynefin is an innovative project to digitise all the tithe maps of Wales. It is funded mainly by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and is run by Archives Wales. Most of the work is done at the National Library of Wales (NLW) using their near complete collection of tithe maps, and involves a considerable conservation effort.

The digitisation is carried out using a special technique whereby the large maps are mounted on a magnetic curved wall and photographed in high resolution. This brings excellent results in terms of image quality, 800 maps have already been digitised out of an estimated total of 1200.

The map images produced are all online on the cynefin.wales website, alongside images of all the tithe apportionment documents. To obtain full value from this resource the website includes functions to crowdsource the transcription of the maps and documents, with the aim of making all the data searchable.

 
This complete collection of digitised tithe maps provides a great opportunity to look at Wales in the 1840s in a more holistic way than was previously practical. It is not just noticing some railways on a map, you can see exactly the pattern of railway development. You can visually see that the Taff Merthyr railway was already built, and the others, going east-west, were in progress. There were some other very old railways in Llanelli, Swansea and other industrial areas, which have since disappeared. There was also a canal network and roads controlled by tollgates. This can all now be examined fluently using the digital tithe map of Wales.

The wealth of information already transcribed has huge potential for research and connections to other archival material. The nature of society is revealed, the way it was assumed most people didn’t own the land where they lived. These landowners, few in number, were the people who mattered, for example they were virtually the only people allowed to vote. It was the time of the Chartist and Rebecca risings.

The project focuses on usability and feedback from users, and has strong volunteering and marketing aspects, which aim for attractive and sustainable solution bringing long-term benefits.

The project includes partners in archives across Wales and will be providing output to People's Collection.

The final website at NLW is a geographic interface, which will be flexible enough to display other parts of the Library's collection, transforming access and research opportunities.


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Thursday, 4 February 2016

Digital Past 2016: The Digital Mapping of Edinburgh's Literary Heritage: James Loxley (University of Edinburgh)






Edinburgh is a singularly literary place – indeed, it was the first city to be designated a UNESCO World City of Literature, a network that now includes Prague, Heidelberg, Dublin and Melbourne (and Norwich. Don’t forget Norwich.). It has a lengthy heritage as the birthplace and residence of writers including Walter Scott, Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson, Muriel Spark and J. K. Rowling. Visitors to the city can wander through ‘Makars’ Court’, and drop into the Writers’ Museum.

More than this, Edinburgh is a city which has frequently been used as the setting for compelling and popular works, from Scott’s Heart of Midlothian down to Irvine Welsh’s novels and short stories or Ian Rankin’s Rebus books. It is a city that is built out of writing as well as of stone.

The Palimpsest project is a collaboration between literary scholars, computer scientists specialising in text-mining, and information visualisation specialists. It set out to find a new way of accessing and interacting with this rich heritage. Using text-mining and geolocation on large collections of digitised works, and focusing on place names as markers of a book’s engagement with place, the project team created a database of 46,000 extracts from more than 500 works which variously use Edinburgh as their setting. Meanwhile, the team also created innovative visualisation tools, which offered users the opportunity to interact with the data in different ways. Although the project was academic in inception, with a number of technical challenges to overcome, the resources have been intended for much wider use.

At this year’s Digital Past conference, James Loxley will describe the challenges faced by the project, and the insights gained from the building and use of the online resources it created. He will also focus on future developments, as they look to add functionality to the resources and respond to user feedback.



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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Castell Coch Celebrates 125 Years In Pictures





View of Castell Coch photographed in 1952.

2016 marks Castell Coch’s 125th anniversary year and to celebrate, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service (Cadw) has released an archived suite of images of the site as it reopens (Feb 2016) following the winter break.

Released in partnership with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, the collection of images spans multiple decades, from the site’s 1891 re-build up to the present day.

Partly taken from the Royal Commission’s archive (the National Monuments Record of Wales) this specially selected collection contains some of the oldest and most intriguing photographs ever taken of Castell Coch – from black-and-white interior shots taken in the 1940s, to a grainy Victorian photograph of the castle during construction, and even historic snaps of the site from above.

In addition, iconic shots from the site’s more recent past – including a shot of its latest ‘Frozen’ makeover in December 2015 – are featured, offering a modern perspective to the much-photographed monument.

Together, the photographs show how both the landscape around the castle and the progression of photographic technology has changed over the course of 125 years.

Boasting a long and rich history, Castell Coch was built upon the ruins of a medieval fortress once known as ‘castrum rubeum’ or ‘the red castle’ – a site which lay in ruins for centuries before its revival at the hands of the Third Marquess of Bute and his architect, William Burges.

Since its completion in 1891, Castell Coch has transformed from a decadent holiday home into a romanticised historic monument, welcoming thousands of visitors each year.

Ken Skates, Deputy Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport said: “The collection of images celebrating Castell Coch’s 125th anniversary reveals a series of unfamiliar, historic and unique images of Castell Coch through the decades in a bid to celebrate a site which is greatly admired for its extraordinary Gothic design and historic appeal.

“The collection offers a history of the castle in photographs, bringing the site’s story across the decades to life to online audiences and potential visitors. This is a great way of celebrating the site’s 125 year milestone and I’m pleased that the Welsh Government and the Royal Commission has been able to present this collection for the public to enjoy.”

Interior view of the south-east tower of Castell Coch, showing the ceiling.

View of the magnificent banqueting hall, scene of many dinner parties over the decades.


For more information about Castell Coch’s admission fees and opening hours visit www.gov.wales/cadw, find Cadw on Facebook or follow @CadwWales on Twitter.

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Tuesday, 2 February 2016

RCAHMW Guidelines for Digital Archaeological Archives – A Sustainable Approach to Digital Preservation







The RCAHMW’s National Monuments Record (NMR) is Wales’ public archive of records relating to the historic environment, and is the national home for digital archaeological archives. Accordingly, it is developing its digital archiving facilities and procedures to comply with international standards, namely the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) reference model – OAIS (ISO 14721). To make compliance effective and viable, it intends to adopt an industry standard digital archive package, produced by Preservica, as part of its current data platform. This will allow OAIS compliant workflows, active preservation of digital content, and public access to digital records.

In order to ensure that the reception and ingest of digital accessions into this system is as efficient as possible, and sustainable with a limited staff capacity, RCAHMW has created digital archive guidelines. These set out the organisation, description and format of digital archaeological archives required from data producers in the sector who intend to deposit records with the NMR. The guidelines are intended to be used from a project’s inception and are included as an appendix to the forthcoming National Standards for Wales for Collecting and Depositing Archaeological Archives. They will also be promulgated through the planning consent regime.

The talk will give an overview of the requirements of the OAIS reference model and how RCAHMW undertakes to comply with this. It will explain the general requirements in the guidelines in this context, with emphasis on the need for well-structured data, with adequate descriptive metadata to allow for digital preservation and, most importantly, continued access and use of the archive by data consumers.

By Gareth Edwards, Head of Knowledge and Understanding, RCAHMW

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Monday, 1 February 2016

National Monuments Record of Wales Archives and Library Bulletin - January 2016





Welcome to the latest monthly edition of the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) Archives and Library Bulletin which lists all newly catalogued material.
http://www.rcahmw.gov.uk/HI/ENG/Our+Services/Donate+Records/Recent+Acquisitions/. The archival items, library books and journal articles are all available to view in our public reading room. The full archive catalogue is available on Coflein and contains digital copies of many of the items listed.

Our Library and reading room is open:
Monday – Friday 09.30 – 16.00, Wednesday 10.30 – 16.30.
An appointment is advisable.


January 2016


Archives

Submission for Inspirational Archives: Rachel Auckland, ‘Where The Story Begins’

Additional Information
  • Brief report relating to Ruthin County Gaol; compiled by Richard Suggett, 1998 
  • Manuscript notes relating to Y Faner, Cymer Abbey; produced by Peter Smith, 1998 
  • Manuscript notes and typed report relating to Plas-yn-Pentre, Llangollen; produced by Peter Smith, c.1998 
  • Brief report relating to the Railway Inn, Pontlottyn; compiled by Richard Suggett, 1996 
  • Preliminary report relating to Cefn Caer Farmhouse, Pennal; compiled by Richard Suggett 
  • Preliminary report relating to Maes-yr-Onnen Congregational Chapel, Radnorshire; compiled by Richard Suggett 
  • Report and site plan relating to Swansea Prison; compiled by RCHME and RCAHMW, part of the English Architectural History of Prisons Project, c.1995 
  • Preliminary report, and inscription rubbings, relating to Llwyn Du outbuildings, Merioneth; compiled by Richard Suggett,1998 
  • Preliminary report relating to Ty Draw, Glamorgan; compiled by Richard Suggett, 2000 
  • Report relating to Cwrt yn Dre/ Cwrt Plas-y-Dre, Machynlleth, and Society of Friends Meeting House, Cwrt Plas yn Dre, Newtown; compiled by Peter Smith, 1998 
  • Transcript of a talk, given by Peter Smith at Ty Mawr, Castle Caereinion, 17th Sept 1998 
  • Photocopies of a number of early views of Pilleth Court, Radnorshire, showing the interior before the removal of the wainscotting to Gwernaffel House; annotated by Walford Jones 
  • Report relating to Waen Farm; compiled by Richard Suggett, March 2003 
  • Copy of an outline archaeological and architectural assessment for Crown House, 11 Well Street, Ruthin; produced by Richard K. Morriss, Sept 2002 
  • Typed survey report relating to Penywyrlod Long Cairn, Brecknockshire, November 1973 
  • Typed survey report relating to Mynydd Troed Long Cairn, Brecknockshire, November 1974 
  • Typed survey report relating to Pant y Beddau Hafod site, Brecknockshire; by W.E. Griffiths, June 1976 
  • Typed survey report relating to Gwernvale Chambered Tomb, Brecknockshire, November 1973 
  • Typed draft notes relating to Croesllechau, site of a chambered tomb, Brecknockshire, c.1973-74 
  • Typed draft notes relating to Ty Illtud Long Barrow, October 1973 
  • Field notes/ drawings relating to Ty Mawr, Montgomeryshire; produced by Peter Smith 
  • Measured drawings, showing detail at Upper House, Painscastle; produced by Jane Durrant, 1996 
  • Field drawings, showing buildings at Upper Ty'n y Cefn, Radnorshire, 1995 
  • Field notes/ drawings relating to Tan House, Broad Street, Presteigne; produced by Peter Smith, 1994 
  • Field notes/ drawings relating to Penrhos, Llanstephan; produced by Geoff Ward, 1999 
  • Descriptive account relating to Neuadd, Radnorshire; produced by Richard Suggett, September 1993 
  • Report, entitled ‘Monaughty: a brief history’; by D.E. Blain, 1989 
  • Measured plan of the Old House relating to Lower Talcoed, Radnorshire; produced by RCAHMW 
  • Preliminary drawing, showing truss at Lower Hall, Radnorshire; produced by RCAHMW 
  • Field drawings relating to a survey of Llan-Bach-Howey, Radnorshire; produced by RCAHMW, 1994 
  • Sketch book, containing pencil drawings of features at Llanddewi Hall, Radnorshire; produced by RCAHMW, 1994 
  • Drawings relating to Llanshay Farmhouse, Radnorshire; produced by RCAHMW, 1994 
  • Report, preliminary notes, and field drawings, relating to Gwernaffel, Radnorshire; produced by RCAHMW, 1994 
  • Field drawings relating to Great House, Radnorshire; produced by RCAHMW, 1999 
  • Field drawings relating to Dol Swydd Farmhouse, Radnorshire; produced by RCAHMW, 1993 
  • Field drawings relating to Cryndir, Radnorshire; produced by RCAHMW, 1997 
  • Report, additional notes, and black and white photographs, relating to Ciliau Hall House, Erwood; produced or collated by RCAHMW, 2000 
  • Field drawings relating to Church House Farmhouse, Beguildy; produced or collated by RCAHMW, 2000 
  • Report relating to Waen Farm, Flintshire; compiled by Richard Suggett, March 2003 

Bristol and Region Archaeological Services Survey Archives: BRAS002

Archive records from a building recording project carried out at Port Talbot Parkway Railway Station, 2015 by Bristol and Region Archaeological Services.

Covering dates: 2015


Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust Reports: CPAT17/13

Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust Report No 646, entitled ‘'Ystum Colwyn Farm, Meifod Powys building survey’, produced by N.W. Jones, July 2004.

Covering dates: 2004


Emergency Recording Collection: ERC

Hill Farmhouse, Grosmont; measured drawings and colour photos received in the course of Emergency Recording case ref no ER/MM/2003/051: NPRN 37083

Covering dates: 2003


General Digital Donations Collection: DD
  • Video clip (25 mins) of a talk by Susan Wilkinson, at MOROL, on the history of the Mimosa, the vessel which took Welsh settlers to Patagonia, c. 2015: Cat. Ref. DD2016_001 
  • Masters dissertation by Andrew J. Peters, entitled ‘An Investigation into the Treescape of Hafod Uchtryd using targeted dendrochronolgy’, 2015: Cat. Ref. DD2016_002 
  • Report, entitled ‘Nine Thousand Miles of Concrete a review of Second World War temporary airfields in England’; produced by Historic England, 2015: Cat. Ref. DD2016_003 

Geoff Ward Slide Collection: GWSC

Colour slides relating to Neuadd, Colva; produced by Geoff Ward, 1998: Cat. Ref. GWSC248


Investigators' Photographs
  • Photo survey of Tyn y Coed, Radnorshire; produced by Richard Suggett, 1984 
  • Photo survey of buildings at Pantyronnen, Radnorshire; produced by Geoff Ward, 1994 
  • Photo survey of the Old Vicarage, Glasbury; produced by Richard Suggett, 1995 
  • Photo survey showing seals at Old Impton, Norton; produced by Harry Brooksby, 1990 
  • Photo survey of Old Impton, Norton; produced by RCAHMW, 1997 
  • Black and white photo survey of Fishpools Cottage, Radnorshire; produced by RCAHMW, 1994 
  • Black and white photo survey of Cwmilward, Cascob; produced by RCAHMW, 1994 


Investigators’ Digital Photography

Digital photographic survey of:
  • Pen Garnbugail Round Barrow, Glamorgan; produced by David Leighton, 2015: Cat. Ref. DS2016_007 
  • Cefn Gelli-gaer Ring Cairn, Glamorgan; produced by David Leighton, 2015: Cat. Ref. DS2016_008 
  • Pen Garnbugail Ring Cairn, Glamorgan; produced by David Leighton, 2015: Cat. Ref. DS2016_009 
  • Cwm Dwyfor Copper Mine, Caernarfonshire; produced by Louise Barker, 2015: Cat. Ref. DS2016_016 
  • Cwm Trwsgl Farmstead, Caernarfonshire; produced by Louise Barker, 2015: Cat. Ref. DS2016_017 
  • Capel-y-Brithdir, New Tredegar; produced by David Leighton, 2015: Cat Ref. DS2016_013 
  • Capel Gwladys, Gelligaer Common; produced by David Leighton, 2015: Cat Ref. DS2016_014 
  • Skomer Island, showing finds from an excavation of a burnt stone mound, Hut Group 8; produced by Toby Driver, 2014: Cat. Ref. DS2016_010 
  • Ring Cairn and Standing Stone, Gelligaer Common; produced by David Leighton, 2015: Cat. Ref. DS2016_002 
  • Ring Cairn, Gelligaer Common, South of Ty Mawr; produced by David Leighton, 2015: Cat. Ref. DS2016_001 
  • Round Cairn, Carn-y-Bugail, Gelligaer Common; produced by David Leighton, 2015: Cat. Ref. DS2016_005 
  • Cairn and Cist, North of Carn-y-Bugail, Gelligaer Common; produced by David Leighton, 2015: Cat. Ref. DS2016_006 
  • Colva Church; produced by Iain Wright, 2016: Cat. Ref. DS2016_004 
  • St. David’s Cathedral; produced by Iain Wright, 2016: Cat. Ref. DS2016_003 
  • Duke’s Table, Trefil; produced by David Leighton, 2015: Cat. Ref. DS2016_011 
  • Tegernacus Inscribed Stone, Brithdir Slab; produced by David Leighton, 2015: Cat. Ref. DS2016_012 
  • Dolgarth Slate Quarry, Caernarfonshire; produced by Louise Barker, 2015: Cat. Ref. DS2016_015 


NMR Site Files
  • Black and white photo survey of Aberystwyth Railway Station, prior to its conversion to a public house; produced by Iain Wright, 1999 
  • Black and white photo survey of Ty Bronna, Fairwater; produced by Iain Wright, 1997 
  • Black and white photo survey of Wynnstay Park Workshops, Denbighshire; produced by Iain Wright, 1997 
  • Photo survey of St Winifrede's Roman Catholic Church, Holywell; produced by RCAHMW, 1942 
  • Photo survey of Gwydir Uchaf Chapel, Llanrwst; produced by RCAHMW, 1953 
  • Photo survey of Maenan Hall, Caernarfonshire; produced by RCAHMW, 1942 
  • Photo survey of Gloddaeth Hall, Llandudno; produced by RCAHMW, 1940 
  • Black and white photo survey of St Deiniol's Cathedral, Bangor; produced by RCAHMW, 1939 
  • Black and white photo survey of Hengoed, Denbighshire; produced by Iain Wright, 2004 
  • Measured survey relating to Hengoed, Denbighshire; produced by Geoff Ward, 2004 
  • Black and white photo survey of Waen Farm, Flintshire; produced by Iain Wright, 2003 
  • Measured survey relating to Waen Farm, Flintshire; produced by Geoff Ward and Richard Suggett, 2003 
  • Descriptive accounts relating to Duke’s Arms Hotel, Broad Street, Presteigne; produced by Harry Brooksby, 1990-1993 
  • Four black and white photographs, showing the remains of a wall painting found at the Duke’s Arms Hotel, Broad Street, Presteigne; produced by Harry Brooksby, November 1993 
  • Measured drawings relating to Duke’s Arms Hotel, Broad Street, Presteigne; produced by Geoff Ward, March 1993 
  • Measured drawings relating to Duke’s Arms Hotel, Broad Street, Presteigne; produced by Harry Brooksby, August 1989 
  • Photo survey of Blaen Edw Medicinal Well, Radnorshire; produced by Richard Suggett, 1993 
  • Photo survey of the outbuildings at Clyro Court Farm, Radnorshire; produced by RCAHMW, c.1980 and c.1996 
  • Photo survey of Fishpools, Bleddfa; produced by RCAHMW, 1994 
  • Illustrated account (comprising report, sketch plan and section view, and copy of a photograph) relating to Gwernynydd Fach Barn Range, Radnorshire; produced by Harry Brooksby, 1989 
  • Photo survey of Upper House, Painscastle; produced by Iain Wright, October 1996 
  • Preliminary note and photo relating to Weston Hall, Radnorshire; produced by Richard Suggett, 1993-2002 
  • Photo survey of Ty Mawr, Montgomeryshire; produced by Iain Wright, March 2000 
  • Measured drawings, and black and white photographs, relating to buildings at Treburvaugh House, Radnorshire; produced by Geoff Ward, May 1994 
  • Five early photographs showing a thatched toll house on Pen y Bont Road, Knighton 
  • Measured drawings, and black and white photographs, relating to a survey of buildings at Lower Glan-yr-Afon, Radnorshire; produced by Geoff Ward, 1993-1994 
  • Descriptive notes relating to Nash Manor, Cowbridge; produced by Richard Suggett and Robert Wall, 2002 
  • Black and white photographs, showing main elevation views, of Dolaucothi, Carmarthenshire; produced by James Lees Milne, 1954 
  • Black and white photographs, showing busts, at Dolaucothi, Carmarthenshire; produced by Sydney Pitcher, 1954 
  • Photo survey of Brunant Mansion, Carmarthenshire; produced by RCAHMW, c1978 
  • Brief descriptive account, with black and white photograph, relating to Penawr Wnion Fach/ Fawr, Merioneth; produced by Peter Smith, April 1990 
  • Black and white photo survey of Cwm Farm, Cwm Cynfal; produced by Peter Smith, April 1990 
  • Photo survey of St Mary's Priory Church, Usk; produced by RCAHMW, 1941 
  • Black and white photographs of Bettws Newydd Church, Monmouthshire; produced by RCAHMW, 1941 
  • Photo survey of St Winifred's Chapel and Well, Holywell; produced by RCAHMW, 1942 
  • Black and white photo survey of Ty Mawr, Merioneth; produced by Peter Smith, April 1990 


RCAHMW Swansea Canal Publication Collection: SC179-SC188
  • Sketch of Abercraf Ironworks by Stephen Hughes, 1975: Cat. Ref. SC179 
  • Dyeline copy of measured drawings of the Afon Giedd Aqueduct, comprising section and elevation views, produced by British Transport Commission, 1956: Cat. Ref. SC180 
  • Dyeline copy of measured drawings of the Afon Giedd Aqueduct, comprising plans and elevation views, produced by British Transport Commission, 1956: Cat. Ref. SC181 
  • Plan and section drawings of canal boats on the Swansea Canal: Cat. Ref. SC182 
  • Cross-section drawing showing locks along theSwansea Canal: Cat. Ref. SC183 
  • Sketch of Cribarth Limestone Quarries by Stephen Hughes: Cat. Ref. SC184 
  • Sketch of Cribarth Rotten-Stone Tramroad by Stephen Hughes: Cat. Ref. SC185 
  • Compilation drawing of two tramroad distance markers and wheels: Cat. Ref. SC186 
  • Pencil sketch by Stephen Hughes, showing south elevation of Pont y Shoot, Cwm Gelli tramroad, Morriston: Cat. Ref. SC187 
  • Detail drawings of the Ynys-meudwy-ganol canal outfall, produced by J.D. Goodband: Cat. Ref. SC188 


Royal Air Force Aerial Photography Collection: RAFAP
  • Five books of fragile overlays relating to the ‘second’ set of RAF aerial photographs. These overlays have been digitised, and a GIS version of the flight traces is under development, 1940-1970: Cat. Ref. RAFAP/01. 
  • Black and white vertical aerial photograph, taken by the RAF, centred on Aberystwyth, 1950: 540/383/0002 
  • Digital copies of a set of aerial photographs from RAF Medmenham, 1940-1945. 


Skomer Island Project: SIP

Report relating to the Skomer Island Project (a collaboration between RCAHMW, University of Sheffield, and Cardiff University).

Covering dates: 2011-2015


Swansea Canal Survey: SCS

Set of original prints of 1875 survey drawings of Swansea Canal, entitled ‘Great Western Railway Swansea Canal Survey 1875’: 44 in all.

Covering dates: 1875


Wrecks Collection: WC

  • Report and related material relating to the survey of the Wreck of The Thor; carried out by Cardiff BSAC 0590 BSAC Expedition BEGS-08-05, October 2008: Cat. Ref. WC4/04.
  • Submap project archive relating to the designated wreck Resurgam; co-ordinated by the ADU (Archaeology Diving Unit), c.1997: Cat. Ref. WC5
Submission for Inspirational Archives: Penny Turnball, ‘Sultan Pit Pony’



Books

Bargery, Robert. 2016. The amateur artist: sketching the English country house. London, The Georgian Group.

Barker, P. et al.1997. The baths basilica, Wroxeter: excavations 1966-1990, English Heritage archaeological reports 8.

Barnwell, P. S. (ed.). 2015. Places of worship in Britain and Ireland, 300-950. Donington, Shaun Tyas.

Bromwich, R. (ed.). 2014. Trioedd ynys Prydein: the triads of the island of Britain, University of Wales Press, Cardiff.

Darbyshire, Les. 2015. Our backyard war: West Merioneth in World War II. Talybont, Y Lolfa.

De la Bédoyère, G. 2015. The Real Lives of Roman Britain, Yale University Press, New Haven.

Dow, Andrew. 2014. The railway: British track since 1804. Barnsley, Pen & Sword.

Ellis, Peter (ed.). 2000. The Roman baths and macellum at Wroxeter: excavations by Graham Webster 1955-1985, English Heritage archaeological report, 9. London, English Heritage.

Farrar, Raymond. 1987. Survey by prismatic compass: with an appendix on earthwork profiles by clinometer, Council for British Archaeology, London.

Ferry, K. 2014. Bungalows, Shire Publications, Oxford.

Gale, Walter Keith Vernon, 1971, The iron and steel industry: a dictionary of terms. Newton Abbot, David and Charles.

Giot, P-R. 1978, Menhirs et dolmens : monuments et mégalithiques de Bretagne, Éditions d'Art, Jos Le Doaré, Chateaulin.

Gregory, D. 2015, Country Churchyards of Wales, Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, Llanrwst.

Haarer, F. K. (ed.). 2014. AD 410 : the history and archaeology of late and post-Roman Britain. London, Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies.

Harwood, Elain & Davies, James O. 2015. Space, hope, and brutalism : English architecture, 1945-1975. New Haven, Yale University Press.

Hutton, Ronald. 2016. Physical evidence for ritual acts, sorcery and witchcraft in Christian Britain: a feeling for magic. Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan.

Leech, R. H. 2014. The town house in medieval and early modern Bristol, English Heritage, Swindon.

Macdonald, P. 2007. Llyn Cerrig Bach: a study of the copper alloy artefacts from the insular La Tène assemblage, University of Wales Press, Cardiff.

McCloy, R. 2012. Travels in the valleys: a study of road passenger services in the half century since the First War with particular reference to Merthyr Tydfil, Swansea, Cardiff and Newport and local government, The Historical Association, Swansea Branch.

Slack, W. J. (ed.). 1951. The Lordship of Oswestry, 1393-1607; a series of extents and rentals transcribed and edited with an introduction by W. J. Slack. Shrewsbury, Shropshire Archaeological Society.

Symes, Michael. 2012. The picturesque and the later Georgian garden. Bristol, Redcliffe Press.

Tyerman, Christopher. 2005. The Crusades: a very short introduction. Oxford, Oxford University Press

Varey, Sharon M. & White, Graeme J. (eds.). 2012. Landscape history discoveries in the North West : proceedings of a conference sponsored by English Heritage to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Chester Society for Landscape History, September 2011. Chester, University of Chester Press.

Watkins, G. 2015. Welsh Follies: Secrets, Stories ad Scandals, Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, Llanrwst.

Webster, Graham & Chadderton, John. 2002. The legionary fortress at Wroxeter : excavations by Graham Webster, 1955-85. London, English Heritage.

West, R. G. 1971. Studying the past by pollen analysis, Oxford Biology Readers 10.

William, Dafydd Wyn. 2015. Canrif o hanes Bwcleiod Gronant a Dronwy ym mhlwyf Llanfachreth, Môn : 1550-1650. Llandysul, Gwasg Gomer.

Williams, Martin F. 2015. The Ruabon to Barmouth line: reflections of a lost Welsh railway. Lydney, Lightmoor Press.



Journals

Anglesey Antiquarian Society and Field Club Transactions (2014)

Antiquity vol. 89 no. 248 (December 2015)

British Archaeological Association Journal vol. 168 (2015)

BSI Update Standards (January 2016)

Building Conservation Directory no. 23 (2016) [will be kept in library, B8 BUI]

Casemate no. 105 (January 2016)

Current Archaeology no. 311 (February 2016)

The Georgian, issue 1/2016

Industrial Archaeology News nos. 174 and 175 (Autumn and Winter 2015)

Landmark News (January 2016)

Maplines no. 25 (Winter 2015)

Medieval Archaeology vol. 59 (2015)

Panel for Historical Engineering Works Newsletter no. 148 (December 2015)

Pembrokeshire Life (January 2016)

Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland vol. 144 (2014)

Railway and Canal Historical Society Bulletin no. 459 (Jan-Feb 2016) and Bibliography 2014

Sanctuary no. 43 (2014) [back issue]

Skalk: Nyt om gammelt / News of old, nos. 1-6 (1977). Donation. Each volume of this Danish language publication comes with a separate English translation booklet.

Studia Celtica vol. 49 (2015)

Tools and Trades History Society Newsletter no. 131 (Winter 2016)

Welsh Mills Society Newsletter no. 122 (January 2016)


Journals Current Awareness

Antiquity vol. 89 no. 248, p. 1131: ‘Craig Rhos-y-felin: a Welsh bluestone megalith quarry for Stonehenge’ by Mike Parker Pearson et al.

Building Conservation Directory no. 23, p. 4, ‘Foreword’ section. Christopher Catling discusses the Historic Environment (Wales) Bill.

Current Archaeology no. 311 p. 7, News in Brief section: ‘Monmouth treasure’ [fragmentary late medieval silver inscribed mount found near Llanbadoc declared treasure]; p. 9: ‘Anglesey’s first fortlet’ [at Cemlyn Bay; geophysical survey funded by Cadw]; p. 18: ‘Secondhand Stonehenge? Welsh origins of a Wiltshire monument’ by Mike Parker Pearson; p. 23: ‘Go west: The search for the bluestone quarries’ by [geologists] Rob Ixer and Richard Bevins; p. 48: ‘From the trowel’s edge’, the regular column by Christopher Catling, Secretary, RCAHMW

Industrial Archaeology News no. 175, p. 21, Letters section: ‘The use of metric measurements’, letter from John McGuinness, discusses RCAHMW’s Welsh Slate book and the use of metric measurements in it; he says: ‘buildings and other things were made to the units of the time – please use these as the main dimensions in historic reports’

Landmark News, p. 4: ‘Rescue of Llwyn Celyn to begin at Easter’ [work to restore the ‘profoundly dilapidated historic buildings’ has been made possible thanks to HLF and other funding. ‘Restored to the highest conservation standards, the main house will become a Landmark for 8 people’]; p. 9: ‘Coed y Bleiddiau’ [New Landmark Trust campaign to raise the funds for the restoration of this ‘remote and picturesque cottage on the Ffestiniog steam railway in the Snowdonia National Park’]

Panel for Historical Engineering Works Newsletter no. 148, p. 3: ‘Llantysilio Chain Bridge’ by Stephen K. Jones [Bridge reopens for the first time in 30 years after HLF-funded restoration. Commemorative mugs are available.]

Pembrokeshire Life, p. 11: ‘The secrets of St. Patrick’s Chapel’ by Ken Murphy of Dyfed Archaeological Trust; p. 24: ‘Artistic legacy set in stone’ by Katrina Blundell [review of Pembrokeshire Standing Stones, a book showcasing paintings by Jill Young; the paintings were scanned by RCAHMW prior to being sold at auction and potentially dispersed. In the event, the entire collection of original paintings was acquired by the NLW]

Studia Celtica vol. 49, p. 1: ‘ Archaeological Building Survey and Excavation at Vulcan House, Quarry Road, Merthyr Tydfil’ by Charlotte James-Martin, GGAT



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Thursday, 28 January 2016

Digital Past 2016: Digital Interpretation - Good, Bad, Indifferent






Andrew Lloyd Hughes is a digital tourism expert who has become a familiar face on the conference circuit over the years and specialises in the digital delivery of tourism related content.

At Digital Past 2016, Andrew will be sharing some best practice observed throughout the world from his travels, and will be discussing some of the techniques and channels that are available at low cost to distribute heritage related information to visitors on location. He will outline some recent trends in digital information, discuss the needs of contemporary consumers, and suggest how we can capitalise on a number of opportunities that exist for the curation and distribution of content.

However, this talk will not only focus on the positive, it will also explore the drawbacks of digital, and how these techniques must sit alongside traditional interpretive methods and be part of a carefully devised and well thought out interpretive strategy for it to be successful.

Andrew currently works for the renowned international tourism consultancy TEAM Tourism, and continues to advise the Oman Ministry of Tourism on the digital interpretation of some of their heritage assets, and how it can be put to maximum effect to educate and inform their desired audiences. Some of the key inferences from this interesting and relevant piece of work will undoubtedly be shared during his talk at this year’s Digital Past.




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